The appearance in Canada in 2009 of the Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii has meant lost revenues for fruit growers and challenges for the crop specialists they rely on. Research activities underway provincially, at universities and within Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are helping to shed light on the behaviour and biology of this pest in our affected regions, and management approaches that may provide the solutions  needed by growers.

A series of webinar sessions have been held over this winter in an effort to share information about the regional situation and progress made so far, and to provide a forum for discussion about gaps in knowledge and management, and next steps toward robust, sustainable solutions for management of this pest.

The fourth and last session in the series will take place on:

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST

The focus this time will be on biological control research and other novel approaches with respect to SWD monitoring and biology.

The webinar session will be delivered through WEBEX. You MUST register to join. Please follow the steps below to register:

  1. Go to
  2. Paste the meeting number “554 538 825” into the meeting number box
  3. Click on the green “Join” box, you will be redirected to a new page
  4. Click on the grey “Register” box, and fill in your registration information
  5. Instructions on how to join the webinar, including a password, will be sent to you prior to the start of the webinar


This webinar series is being provided by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group (SWD-TWG), a group established in 2012 as the result of a partnership between the Canadian Horticultural Council and AAFC’s Pest Management Centre.

NOTE: After this last session, we will conduct an online survey with those who attended the webinars to assess the value of information shared in these sessions. Please watch for the survey notification; we would appreciate your feedback.

For more information, please contact Leslie Farmer, Manager, Pesticide Risk Reduction Program, Pest Management Centre, at or 613-694-2438

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